ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A 4-0 run during the last four minutes of the second period propelled Fordham University to a 9-8 victory over MIT in the ninth-place game of the CWPA Championship on Sunday morning. Junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) paced the Engineers with three goals and an assist as they closed their season with a record of 15-17.
The Rams opened the scoring after 1:41 elapsed and then an exchange of goals ensued until MIT scored twice in a span of 24 seconds. Senior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) evened the first period at two and then stole the ball, setting up Tasman's go-ahead strike. Fordham buried the equalizer on a power play opportunity with 3:41 on the clock but sophomore Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) put the Engineers back in front during its next possession. Fordham then recorded the fourth tie of the frame with 1:24 on the clock, moving the score to 4-4.
In the second stanza, junior Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) won the opening sprint and then redirected a pass from Tasman to give MIT a 5-4 edge following 31 seconds of play. The Rams controlled the action for the next two minutes but sophomore goalie Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) came up with two saves while the defense blocked a shot to help preserve the slim lead. The Engineers responded with another blast by Hallman at the 4:52 mark; however, Fordham rattled off four unanswered goals, including a penalty shot and a power play tally, to capture an 8-6 advantage heading into the intermission.
The third quarter was a defensive battle as the Rams recorded the lone goal at the 4:58 mark. Tasman ended MIT's scoring drought at 5:03 of the fourth quarter with a power play strike and then brought it within one (9-8) three minutes later on another extra-man goal. The Engineers nearly tied the game with over a minute to go courtesy of a steal by Rogers but Tasman's attempt hit the post. With 53 seconds remaining, Fordham almost doubled its cushion after drawing an exclusion; however, the bid was off the mark. On its ensuing possession, MIT called a timeout with 26 seconds to go. Unfortunately the opportunity to force overtime was denied due to a steal by the Rams.
Hallman finished with two goals and three steals while Rogers chipped in one goal and a steal. In net, Zaun posted three saves in the first half while sophomore Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) closed out the game with six stops and a steal.